Skip to comments.Palin Is Distant Second in GOP Match-Ups with Huckabee, Romney
Posted on 10/19/2009 7:48:35 AM PDT by DanZanRyu
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palins forthcoming autobiography has been at the top of the Amazon book charts for weeks, and it hasnt even been released yet. At least in the eyes of the political Left, she is now perhaps Americas most visible national Republican.
But new Rasmussen Reports national telephone surveying finds Palin losing handily in face-to-face march-ups with her two likeliest challengers for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
Among likely Republican primary voters, Palin now trails former Arkansas governor-turned-Fox-TV-host Mike Huckabee by 20 points 55% to 35%.
When her opponent is ex-Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Palin loses by 15 52% to 37%.
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When given a list of five candidates and asked who they would vote for in 2012, 29% of Republican voters nationwide say Huckabee, while 24% prefer Romney and 18% Palin.
In July, it was close to a three-way tie: 25% said Romney, 24% Palin and 22% Huckabee.
Its noteworthy that Huckabees gains since July are matched almost precisely by Palins decline. That suggests a large pool of voters are committed to choosing between two candidates routinely dismissed as unacceptable in the eyes of Republicans in Washington, DC. At the moment, 47% prefer either Huckabee or Palin while 42% prefer a candidate more acceptable to Republican political leaders. That divide is also reflected, with similar results, in a Huckabee-Romney head to head match-up.
Twenty-one percent (21%) of primary voters also say Palin is the GOP candidate they would least like to see win the partys presidential nomination. Just nine percent (9%) say the same of Romney, and eight percent (8%) feel that way about Huckabee.
Support for Huckabee and Romney against Palin is nearly the same among both men and women. Suggesting that Romneys Mormon faith may still be a problem among some Christian conservatives, Palin leads him by 14 points 52% to 38% - among GOP primary voters who describe themselves as Evangelical Christians. But Romney beats Palin by 26 points among other Protestants 58% to 32% - and holds similar winning margins among Catholic voters and those of other faiths.
On the other hand, Huckabee, an ordained Southern Baptist minister, beats Palin by 17 points among Evangelical Christians and 29 points among other Protestants. A similar spread is evident among Republican voters of other faiths, but Huckabee has just an eight-point edge over Palin among Catholic voters.
Earlier polling showed that Palin trails Hillary Clinton in a general election match-up.
In early July, 40% of Republican voters nationwide said Palins decision to resign as governor of Alaska hurt her chances of winning the partys presidential nomination in 2012.
Romney is disgusting.
Huck... Romney ... Anyone wanna go FISHING with me?
reckon I’ll have to bite the bullet and pull the lever for the Romulan then...cannot tolerate the squirrel fryer.
What crap. What is suggest is Evangelical Christians vote for someone who shares their values.
Romney is a fake conservative & fake Christian.
Palin is a failed conservative & failed Christian.
Huckabee is an accomplished conservative & stellar Christian.
What an effort to derail The Palin Express!!!
Rasmussen is disgusting.
Only if it’s fishing...with political dynamite.
Prove Palin is all that you say???
If this is how it shakes out, we’re doomed.
Romney and Huck are what is wrong with the party.
I hope the following run for the Repub nomination in 2012:
John Hoeven (my favorite dark horse)
Bobb Jindal (#1 on all the above’s VP list)
Remember how Rudy’s large lead disappeared at the primary season began. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
“40% of Republican” voters nationwide said Palins decision to resign as governor of Alaska hurt her chances of winning the partys presidential nomination in 2012. ...................................Had to be RINOs!! Most if not all my Republican friends love her. I don’t buy into this at all. Huckleberry or Romney = no change, just the same ole same ole BS in DC.
If those polls are true then the republicans have been brain washed by the democrats.. pity..
Romney is NOT a Republican.
I don’t believe Palin will run as a Republican
...cannot tolerate the squirrel fryer.
Hell no , you ever tried to eat fried squirrel?
Now stewed, that’s another story.
Quite frankly, every time I see that picture of
the Huck family , I’m reminded of the people that
lived underground in the movie, “A boy and his dog.”.
“Among likely Republican primary voters, Palin now trails former Arkansas governor-turned-Fox-TV-host Mike Huckabee by 20 points 55% to 35%.”
Huckafraud will NOT be the nominee. If he is, I WILL vote for him but he won’t be. Okay? Please God? Not him?